This was my first ever WEC event, and even though I’ve been to Silverstone before I didn’t know what to expect. But one thing blew me away immediately, the ACCESS to eveything. I could go to almost any grandstand, the paddock and even a pit walk. The smaller crowd, and length of the endurance race, meant that all those little gaps in the fencing that are usually jam packed at an F1 race, were open for me to use. If I couldn’t get some nice photos here, I wasn’t going to get them anywhere. The pressure was ON!
My style of shooting overall is to shoot what’s available. And that’s why, as a fan at an F1 race, I take so many photos of the people and event space as a whole. I found that a bit harder to do at the WEC event. First off there are fewer “interesting” people to see and photograph. But more than that…the cars on track were so beautiful and accessible. I just couldn’t resist trying my hand at getting some nice panning shots! 1/80 shutter speed looked the best, but it’s hella hard to get it sharp.
The biggest thing that I learned while shooting the cars on track, is that it’s very easy to make a boring image. I have a bunch of sharp, boring shots of a car on the track. Motorsport is alive, it’s raw, fast, dangerous and competitive. Who’s fighting who? How close do they race? What’s the story? Does it look fast? Is it beautiful? This is the single biggest challenge about taking photos of racing cars. I’ve tried to chose photos that show the beauty, the chase, the speed of motor-sport! But of course, we are interested because we love cars so you have to get some nice solo shots of them as well. Just make sure they look FAST!
I hope that with each photo in this series you can figure out why I’ve taken it. You wont find a better Motorsport event to practice your photography than the WEC. So get your ass to a WEC event and get practicing, you wont regret it!